Marysia Kiellerman [nee Szuber] passed away surrounded with the love of her family, in her 91st year, on Friday July 28, 2023, at Woodingford Lodge. Mary is reunited with her beloved husband Kazimierz (Ken) 2007. Deeply cherished mother of Andrew, Regina, Teresa Ptak (late Michael), Krystyna Pawlak and Victoria. Darling Babcia to Joanna, Karolina (Kyle), Gray, Andie (Tom), Adrienne (Michael), Melissa, Michael, Mark (Adrienne), Mari-Ann (Janel) and Laura (Jason). Proud Pra-Babcia to Emily, Rob, Alexander, Kanen, Oliver, Weston, Austin, Mateo, Brooke, and Luka. Mary is survived by her brother Caz (Marianne), cousins Ana Maria, Adriana, Isabel, Suzana, Joanna, sister-in-law, Genia and will be missed by her nieces, nephews, and friends. She is predeceased by her parents Wiktoria (Dilaj), Francziek Szuber, siblings Stepha (infant),Wojtek (12 years) in 1942.
Born in Stary Zbaraz, Poland in 1932. At 7 years old, Mary was displaced with her family during WWII to Siberia, traveled through Uzbekistan, Persia, Teheran, and then India. Her family immigrated to Canada in 1948 and settled in Toronto. She participated in St. Cecilia’s Choir at St. Stanislaus Church and loved dancing with the Traditional Polish Dance group Krakowiaci where she met Kaz.
Throughout her years, Mary volunteered in the Polish and Canadian communities in Toronto, Mississauga, Burlington, and Woodstock. A devoted Roman Catholic, Mary was a parishioner of St. Stanislaus Church in Toronto, and then helped establish and build St. Casimir Church in Toronto, St. Dominic, St. Christopher, and St. Maximilian Kolbe parishes in Mississauga. She was an active member of the Polish Alliance of Canada Branch #26 in Mississauga for over 15 years, and the W. Reymont Foundation in Toronto. In the GTA her work history included, Central Scientific, Empire Brass, Becton Dickinson, Mack Truck, St. Maximillian Kolbe Church, and Wawel Villa.
In 1989, she travelled with her wartime school mates from India to Italy where they were privileged to be in an audience with Pope John Paul II. This was a most moving experience for her. A long-awaited trip to Argentina gave her a reunion to long lost cousins from her uncles. During her retirement years, she volunteered with Tele Care, St. Gabriel’s and Holy Cross’ Rosary Society and the Beachville Historical Society. Mary’s love for flowers was evident with ever blooming gardens.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the care and kindness provided at Oxford Gardens, Caressant Care Transitional Unit and Woodingford Lodge in Woodstock. Oxford Care Partners have been extremely compassionate during her stays at each facility.
Family will receive friends at SMITH LEROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. N, Woodstock from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday Aug. 2, 2023, with rosary prayers at 7 p.m. Funeral mass will be held at Holy Cross Community Parish, 169 Ingersoll Road, Woodstock on Thursday August 3, at 1 pm. Interment following at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
As an expression of sympathy donations can be made to the VON of Oxford County or a charity of your choice. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com